Dennis Lim

Competitive Edges

Dennis Lim at the 68th Cannes Film Festival

June 2015

THE CENTRAL QUESTION of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, which made headlines for banning selfies and reportedly insisting that women wear high heels at evening galas, was one of inclusion and exclusion. In other words: What does and … READ ON


David Lynch in Philadelphia


January 2015

PHILADELPHIA LOOMS LARGE in the personal mythology of David Lynch as a place that both terrorized him and changed the course of his life, his Gomorrah and his Rubicon in one. A product of small-town America, Lynch credits this onetime epicenter… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2015 [TOC]

Cannes Get Enough

Dennis Lim on the 67th Cannes Film Festival

June 2014

FORTY-SIX YEARS after he and his comrades stormed the stage at the Cannes Film Festival to shut down the event in solidarity with the workers and students on the barricades, Jean-Luc Godard, now eighty-three, proved that he still has what it… READ ON


Wild Palmes

Dennis Lim on the 66th Cannes Film Festival

June 2013

IN THE EYES OF MANY, Steven Spielberg’s jury did the right thing—or, rather, the correct thing—awarding the Palme d’Or to Abdellatif Kechiche’s critically lauded lesbian drama, Blue Is the Warmest Color. Spielberg, who showed his … READ ON


Matías Piñeiro’s Viola


June 2013

WITH A GROWING NUMBER of hybrid films drawing on the restless energies of documentary, the Argentinean writer-director Matías Piñeiro stands apart for asserting the latent possibilities of drama. Over four wholly distinctive films, Piñeiro… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2013 [TOC]

Pablo Larraín’s No


February 2013

THREE TIMES in Pablo Larraín’s No, René Saavedra, an advertising executive in 1980s Santiago, unveils a pitch to his clients. René (Gael García Bernal) is a young hotshot with a then-fashionable rattail and a soothing boardroom manner,… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2013 [TOC]

What’s Up DOX?

Dennis Lim at the 10th CPH:DOX

December 2012

JUST A DECADE OLD, the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival—more commonly known as CPH:DOX—already occupies a sizable footprint on the European festival landscape. This ambitious, outward-looking event now boasts multiple … READ ON


Rome If You Want To

Dennis Lim on the 7th Rome Film Festival

December 2012

FOR THOSE WHO FOLLOW this sort of thing, the recently concluded—and newly rebranded—Rome Film Festival doubled as a case study in the ambitions and contradictions of such events today. Seven years into its existence, this upstart … READ ON


Gold Standard

Dennis Lim at the 50th edition of the Viennale film festival

November 2012

THE VIENNALE TURNED FIFTY THIS YEAR, and as befits an event that shuns red carpets and festival politics-as-usual, it did not make too big a deal of the milestone. While Vienna’s international film festival is not above populist concessions—this… READ ON


António Reis and Margarida Cordeiro


June 2012

INCUBATED ON THE LITERAL and figurative margins of Europe, Portuguese cinema can often seem a world unto itself, a semiautonomous territory that evolved at its own pace and at a productive remove from the rest of the continent. The lost years… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2012 [TOC]